DeWalt likes to say that they build tools for the professional, and the DeWalt D26453K Random Orbit Sander certainly lives up to that motto. It's a solidly-built 5-inch (8-hole) random orbit sander with a 3.0 amp, variable-speed (7,000-12,000 RPM) motor, the ability to connect to a dust collection system or use the included dustbag, and is covered by a three-year warranty.
But, there are some things could be improved. The sander was a bit noisy, and airflow through the dust port seemed less than expected. This is a DeWalt D26453K review which was written with the intention of giving you some details on this orbit sander with its advantages and drawbacks.
- Has a dust-sealed rocker on/off switch on the front of the grip for easy access.
- Ergonomic soft grip is comfortable, but perhaps a little large for smaller hands.
- Includes a hard-shell carrying case and is protected by DeWalt's three-year manufacturer's warranty.
- The user's guide includes some useful information, but I'd prefer to see DeWalt get away from their map-style documentation.
- 3.0 amp variable speed (7,000-12,000 RPM) motor
- Covered by a 3-year manufacturer's warranty
- The User's Guide includes some decent operation tips and tool care section
- The sander seems a bit noisier than expected
- Improved air flow through the dust port could help the dustbag's performance
Guide Review - DeWalt D26453K Random Orbit Sander Review
The DeWalt D26453K seems to be one of those tools that has pretty much everything one would need, but at the same time doesn't really seem to distinguish itself when compared to other models in its class. It does a great job of sanding, as one would expect.
The soft-start variable speed motor seems to start a little slower than others, but that is likely by design, so one doesn't inadvertently damage the surface should the unit be started when in contact with the wood.
Once it gets up to speed, it's a little noisier than others I've tested, but not to the point one would need hearing protection. The dust-sealed switch, hard-shell case, variable speed, soft ergonomic grip and the ability to collect dust with the dustbag or connect to a dust collection system are all features one would expect to find on this level of a tool.
On the downside, the dust collection, particularly into the dustbag, could be improved by increased air flow through the dust port. If DeWalt engineers could improve air flow with a modest reduction in noise, all while keeping the current level of sanding performance, to my way of thinking it would take the D26453K to the next level.
Longtime readers of this space will realize that this next, and final comment is merely a pet peeve of mine.
I'm not a fan of DeWalt's style of user's guide. They use a large, double-sided single sheet of paper for the user's guide (printed in three languages on the one piece of paper), which must be folded like an old-style map. Although it is loaded with useful information, the reason I don't like it is because if you're trying to look something up while you're working in the woodshop, one must clear space on the work table to open up and spread out the document. If your shop is anything like mine, at times, table space is at a premium. A more traditional, book-style owner's manual would be an improvement in my opinion.